Parang current millennial ang Baka Bukas – may pagka-hipster na may own ‘brand’. Pero isa ito sa madaming magandang aspeto ng pelikula. Sounds pa lang, solb ka na. It captured our youth’s current truths when it comes to relationships, no matter what gender you are..
SYNOPSIS: Alex is a twenty-something year old creative based in Manila. She is out to most people except her best friend – Jess who she has been secretly in love with since they were kids. When Jess discovers the truth about Alex, they are forced to confront the feelings they have for each other.
WRITER and DIRECTOR: Samantha Lee
CAST: Jasmine Curtis-Smith | Louise delos Reyes
A majority of the audience watching ‘Baka Bukas’ are what we call ‘millennials’. Yup, may stereotype: H&M/Pull&Bear/River Island-wearing teens and young adults with multi-slashie things going on for them. Blogger, vlogger, musician, photographer, creatives – name it and they might be dabbling in it. At benta sa mga millennials ang pelikulang ito because it speaks of and to them. They were cheering on the characters (main and supporting) whenever there’s palpable sexual tension happening. And there were a number of these scenes in the movie, much to the moviegoers’ delight.
Ang pelikulang ito ay focused sa pagkukuwento. Tungkol ito kay Alex (Curtis-Smith) at ang kanyang hina-harbor na feelings towards her best friend Jess (delos Reyes). Sa loob ng dalawang oras, tatahakin ng pelikula ang tema ng coming out (and how relevant it is today), relationships and the youth’s views on it and how they deal currently, and how they learn their lessons. Refreshing ang take ng pelikula sa mga temang nabanggit dahil hindi forced at parang nakatulong ito para maintindihan ng hindi millennial ang isang aspeto ng buhay millennial. ‘Yung pagiging multi-slashie (photographer, filmmaker, artist, etc.) ay isa sa mga kapansin-pansin sa today’s youth. Mas madami silang tine-take na opportunities to do a lot of things. Mas available naman din ang resources at technology ngayon kumpara noon.
Pero on the one hand, ‘yung konsepto ng ‘dabbling’ into a lot of things can also connote how sometimes fleeting and may be superficial ang relationships ngayon. Take for example ang ex-girlfriend ni Alex at ang dalawang kaibigan n’ya na nag-figure din sa kuwentong ito. Pero useful ang presence ng tatlong characters na ito para maikuwento ang kabuuan ni Alex. Also, take note na ang mommy ni Alex only appears in a particular scene. This speaks of the absentee-parenting na present sa current city culture natin. Maaaring because ang parents ngayon ay both working, which is not bad in itself. Pero hindi rin maikakaila na ang pagiging absentee ay nagkakaroon ng epekto sa closeness ng relationships ng kabataan.
Kapuri-puri ang paghandle ng topic ng lesbian/gay theme. Hindi tinratong taboo, bagkus, ito’y woven into the story beautifully. Malamang ito rin ang general sentiment ng Filipino youth sa usaping lesbian/gay – that it’s a non-issue.
If you listen to direk Lee’s Baka Bukas playlist on Spotify, narinig mo na din ang sound ng movie. Relevant ang sounds sa manonood at hindi ito overwhelming or agaw-eksena. Hindi lang sounds but also the characters are very relatable and effective in their roles. Curtis-Smith continues to wow the audience with her acting skills.
Astig sounds, apt and focused storytelling, and good acting para sa Baka Bukas. Panoorin!